Author: Malcolm Gladwell

Title: Outliers: The Story of Success

Genre: Non-Fiction

Publication Date: November 2008

Number of Pages: 336

Geographical Setting: N/A

Time Period: N/A

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: In this intriguing book, the author Malcolm Gladwell asks how successful people, such as celebrities and sports figures have achieved such greatness. Is it pure luck or hard work and determination? Some are born with high IQ’s and innate abilities, but others must spend the proverbial 10,000 practicing a task in order to conquer it and be successful.

Subject Headings: success, achievement, social environment, famous persons, successful people.

Appeal: provocative, insightful, inspiring, fascinating, intriguing, useful, smart, interesting.

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3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

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3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

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Name: Mindy Foote


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